Step 1: Connect
Contact our graduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (admissions staff) for more information about the program or for help applying.
1a. Find a supervisor or teacher
Explore Performance Department faculty profiles to find a supervisor or teacher before applying. Once you've found someone with whom you are interested in working, contact them to discuss your interests.
1b. Bookmark admission dates and deadlines
|Application opens||Deadline to apply for fall admission||Admission decisions sent to applicants|
|September 15||December 1 (all applicants)||late February to March|
If you've missed the deadline, graduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (email our admissions staff). Late applications may be cancelled without refund and may not be considered for entrance scholarships/financial aid.
1c. Meet minimum admission requirements
Acceptance into this program is competitive and the final admissions decision rests with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. To be considered, you should have:
- An undergraduate degree or diploma in music performance, or its equivalent, from a university recognized by McGill.
- A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in your last two years of full-time studies.
- Proficiency in English, the primary language of instruction at McGill.
Step 2: Check costs and funding options
Step 3: Prepare application materials
You will need to submit the following when you apply:
- Online uApply application and application fees.
- Transcripts from each college/university-level institution that you have attended.
- Two letters of recommendation (if you are currently a McGill student, you are exempt).
- Personal statement: Describe your reasons for applying to the Graduate Diploma in Performance program at McGill University. Include qualifications, qualities or circumstances that are significant. Outline your performance, research and professional goals, your expectations of the program and your perception of your own strengths and weaknesses (one page, PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV): An overview of your experience and other qualifications, including all of your music-related accomplishments, employment, academic credentials, publications, honours, awards, contributions and significant achievements (PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
- Your supervisor or teacher preference (optional).
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required.
- All applicants except jazz: A list of repertoire worked on during the past four years (indicate level to which pieces were prepared, e.g., performance standard, simple reading, reading plus some detailed work). Upload to Repertoire Listing in the application (PDF format, maximum 2 MB).
- Jazz applicants:
- A list of 25-30 standard jazz tunes from performing repertoire (upload to Jazz Tunes Listing in the application: PDF format, maximum 2 MB) and two or three original compositions (upload to Jazz Compositions in the application: PDF format, maximum 10 MB).
- Screening material (video) is required, even if you are currently a McGill student. Prepare required repertoire (avi, mov, mp4 or wmv format).
- Mezzo and soprano voice types: screening material (video: avi, mov, mp4 or wmv format) is required. Prepare required repertoire. If you are currently a McGill student completing a music degree, you are exempt .
- Recorded video audition (only if you cannot attend a live audition).
Step 4: Apply online
By December 1st:
- Get your supporting materials together. You will need to upload them by December 1st, right after you've submitted your application.
- If this is your first time using uApply (McGill's online application form), create an account. You will be given a username and password for future use.
- Complete the admission application in uApply. During this stage, provide the names and valid institutional email addresses of the people providing your letters of recommendation. McGill will contact them directly.
- Pay the $110.29 application fee and the $66.17 audition fee (both non-refundable). After this, you will get an email confirming that you have successfully applied and that you can upload your supporting materials.
- Upload your supporting material, except for audition recordings or screening material, to uApply.
- Mezzo and soprano voice type: upload your video screening material (avi, mov, mp4 or wmv format) directly to the Schulich School of Music upload page.
- Arrange for submission of proof of English language proficiency to McGill, if required.
By December 15th:
- Upload your final video audition (avi, mov, mp4 or wmv format) directly to the Schulich School of Music upload page if you cannot participate in on-campus auditions.
Step 5: Audition
If you are auditioning at McGill University (on-campus), you will receive an automated email from uApply prompting you to check your audition date and time online. If you are a jazz or female voice applicant, you will either be invited to audition at McGill University or you will be notified that your application to this program has not been approved.
While you wait for news, start preparing for on-campus auditions:
Step 6: Accept
Already auditioned and trying to track your application status? Newly admitted? Take the next steps.